As the CSU women’s swimming and diving team compete in the Early
Bird Invitational at Edora Pool and Ice Center it looks to get a
little redemption from their loss to Rice University two weeks ago
today and Saturday.
The Rams will compete against Wyoming, Air Force, Northern
Colorado, Colorado School of Mines and the University of Colorado
with competition starting today at 5 p.m.
“Wyoming will be our toughest opponent, but they’re not the
toughest we’ll face in the season,” said senior co-captain Lissa
Fischer. “We’re not too worried about them.”
With a team that appears the strongest with regard to overall
talent, the Rams have a good chance to repeat as winners of the
When asked on the team’s chances of a repeat head coach John
Mattos said, “I don’t have too many doubts.”
Strong words coming from a coach that beams with pride for his
“We’ll have a number of girls that will stand out in this meet,”
Mattos said. “The good performers against Rice will repeat, and the
ones without a chance last meet will step up and perform.”
Senior co-captain Katie Peck, who demolished her competition
last week in the 400 IM with a blazing time of four minutes, 33.25
seconds, believes the team will bounce back from the Rice loss in
“We’ve always been strong at Early Bird; everyone on the team
will perform well,” she said.
According to Mattos, to perform well enough to win the Rams will
have to work on some things.
“We have to improve on a number of things,” he said. “We raced
well against Rice but our finishes were suspect; we didn’t finish
off our opponents. We’ll have to concentrate on our finishing and
hopefully we’ll see if that helps us step it up a notch performance